Sony’s currently best-equipped smartphone, the Xperia 1 IV, has, in addition to a stunning 4K display, original photo equipment and great speakers, one extra extra feature that you won’t find on any other smartphone. This is access to the Sony Bravia Core movie library, which I have already been able to test on selected TVs from the Japanese manufacturer, and in this article I will focus on how it all works on a 6.5″ mobile phone display.
Hot news and classic images
As far as the Sony Bravia Core streaming service is concerned, you don’t have to worry about any concessions compared to the “full-fat” version available on Sony TVs. The offer is therefore the same and includes a really wide library of titles – new releases such as the film adaptation of Uncharted with Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg, Venom 2, Spider-Man: Homeless and many others, but also now classic films such as Na Groundhog Day One More Day or Men in Black.
The display options are also identical, so you can choose from audio tracks, subtitle languages, subtitle font settings including their background and borders or DTS: audio activation.
Studio Access is quite an interesting service that you will appreciate especially when watching your favorite movie. For selected titles, you can get access to scenes and interviews from the filming and get a peek under the hood of how the film was made. The distribution of films on the main screen is quite clear and, of course, there is no problem searching for specific titles. What I would appreciate is the possibility to filter according to a specific genre or period when the images were released.
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You can then watch movies as part of unlimited streaming, which is the name itself, or use the credits that will be allocated to you. In the case of the Xperia 1 IV, it is 5 credits, which is perhaps a bit unnecessarily low. You get 10 credits for the A90J, Z9J, A83K, A84K, A90K, A95K, X92K, X93K, X94K, X94S and Z9K TVs when you buy them.
Given the premium price of the Xperia 1 IV, customers would deserve the same amount of credits and two years of streaming included in my opinion. The problem with the Bravia Core service is also the fact that it is quite unclear what Sony’s plans are for the platform in the future. Does it consider it only as a supplement to TVs and, more recently, the Xperia 1 IV, or does it have ambitions to compete with larger video streaming platforms in the future (i.e. will it expand more significantly)? How much will the subscription cost after the period expires after purchasing the TV or smartphone?
Data consumption on the go
An important aspect when using video streaming platforms is also data consumption, which you do not have to deal with in the case of a TV connected to the home network. However, if you want to watch a movie on the Xperia 1 IV while on vacation or on a train ride, your data package can disappear very quickly. If you buy a premium (and pricey) phone, as the Xperia 1 IV undoubtedly is, you’re likely to have unlimited data. In my case, with a 10GB limit, which is otherwise enough for me without any problems (plus I have a Vodafone Pass for watching videos without losing the data limit), I measured the consumption of 1.35GB after less than 8 minutes of watching a movie via mobile data. In theory, I wouldn’t even be able to watch an entire movie with 10 GB.
On the other hand, it must be added that the quality of the image probably corresponds to the data consumption and Sony has obviously not optimized the use of data for viewing on mobile devices, where the display is smaller, so there may not even be a need to stream a movie to them in the same quality as for example on a 55″ I see a big disadvantage in the impossibility of downloading the movie in advance via Wi-Fi and saving it to the device, which would at least partially solve the problem with data consumption, this option was missing at least at the time of testing.
Evaluation: take it as something extra
The Sony Bravia Core service on the Xperia 1 IV must be considered primarily as an additional service and, in short, something extra, with which the manufacturer can make customers happy and differentiate itself from the competition. The range of films is quite wide and I also appreciate the possibility of watching news a while after they have been released (see Uncharted), on the other hand, the not particularly optimized application for playback on the phone freezes. Accordingly, the application itself works reliably, although users with an activated VPN might encounter problems during use, but it does not offer the option to save movies to the device’s memory, and the data consumption is really high for those who do not have unlimited data and would like to watch on the go.
Sony Xperia 1 IV
Sony Xperia 1 IV
|Dimensions||165 × 71 × 8,2 mm, 185 g|
|Display||OLED, 6,5″ (3 840 × 1 644 px)|
|Camera||12 Mpxvideo: 3 840 × 2 160 px, 120 FPS|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen1,|
|Memory||RAM: 12 GBrepository: 256 GBmicroSDXC|
|Accumulator||5 000 mAh|